Submitting Yourselves one to another in the Fear of God. (Ephesians 5:21 KJV)
Power…Oh, the desire and struggle for power that sweeps across our society and global world! In the secular world power (the ability to control and influence others) reigns and rules supreme. No longer are “honor” and “respect” considered valuable traits in a person’s life…Sadly, the younger no longer respects the older…The protege’ no longer respects the mentor…The novice no longer respects the more experienced one…But, in the Spiritual world submission reigns and rules supreme! What a contrast!
There is actually only ONE source of “Power,” and that is of God. All and everything else can either “submit” unto God’s power or rebel against it. But, even if one chooses to rebel against God’s power, the Bible clearly states that one day, “Every knee shall bow to me and every tongue shall confess to God.” (Romans 14:11 KJV). Amen.
So, why is it important for us, as Christians, to “submit” one to another? Because of the remaining words found in the same Scripture… “In the Fear of God.” When we believe that God rules sovereign and supreme then we will “submit” ourselves to proper ordinances as well as to the people we do “see” in obedience and honor to the ONE we do not see! Complete opposite than what our society desires and teaches us!
The Bible clearly teaches, “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar; for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” (I John 4:20-21 KJV).
Everyone wishes to be “right-in-his-own-eyes” and in “control.” Everyone has “power” struggles…It’s our pride and sadly it’s “human” nature! But, always desiring to be “right” and in “control” is not what the Bible teaches. Submitting ourselves to God and to one another requires “faith” and “trust” in God. Allowing God to be in control instead of our desiring to be in control takes courage and strength on our part. But, we can do it because our Lord and Savior “submitted” himself to God and to the ones who joined in together that piercing day at Calvary…Without Calvary there would not be a resurrection. Three days after one of the darkest moments in the history of mankind became the basis and foundation of Christianity!
Submitting ourselves one to another doesn’t mean that everyone will be pleased with us and like us…We can’t “please” everyone. And the word, “everyone” means just that; everyone! Neither does everyone like us. And, sometimes we simply have to “submit” to that truth. As a younger person and Christian, I didn’t always like the way certain things played out in my own life. I held grudges against those people who had hurt me and disappointed me; or didn’t live up to my expectations. It’s an easy thing for us to do. But, as I have gotten older and more mature in God’s Word and sovereignty, I have come to the realization that ALL things within my life were carried out and conducted through God’s permissive will. And, I feel I am a better person because of it. Because of my own disappointments in life, I have more compassion and empathy towards others. Naturally, I could have allowed the bitterness in my heart to continue as a cancer. Holding onto “bitterness” seems as if we are validating our own feelings and hurts…But, letting go and letting God opens up God’s healing and restoration for our lives…Oh, the joy and “power” of letting go and letting God! Amen.
“Submitting ourselves” unto others is, in fact, submitting ourselves unto God’s will for our lives. I didn’t always understand this, nor did I always act upon this truth. At times, I still struggle with it; as we all do. But, in the end ALL things will be judged of God, through God, and by God. So, let us not FEAR what man can do unto us, but rather what God can and will do FOR us when we “submit” ourselves unto others as unto Him! What an amazing concept to an unbelieving world! What an amazing discovery to us as believers!
The Apostle John was older when he wrote the Five Love Chapters found in IJohn 1-5. I believe that most of us often do grow older and experience certain things within our lives before we fully obtain knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of what God’s love is truly all about. I believe that we ALL struggle with “control” issues and “power” issues within our lives at one or more stages in our lives. Sometimes, we simply do not fully understand a matter until we have experienced both sides of the story! Ahhh, the peaceful assurance of knowing that God is in control!
Today, you may be struggling with “controlling” matters in your own life. You may desire “power” in a certain situation and its outcome. We all do at times. But, submitting ourselves unto God and obeying His commands reflects in how we submit ourselves one to another in all things… Not always an easy thing to do, but always the right and better thing to do!
Today, pray for God’s strength…The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want….Remember…Submitting Yourselves one to another IN THE FEAR OF GOD is submitting ourselves as unto God….Amen!
Remember God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author
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